Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer lead a big quarterfinal day at the Shanghai Masters which features the Top 6 seeds.
On Thursday, Djokovic won his 7th straight matches, 14th consecutive set, dismissing the dangerous John Isner 7-5, 6-3.
“I managed to kind of read his serve and find a good position on the return, at the end of the first set and also beginning of the second,” said Djokovic. “I won five games in a row, and that was the key, obviously having a break each set, and then I kind of held my serve. I thought it was one of the best serving matches I had lately.”
Djokovic now gets the youngster Stefanos Tsitsipas who edged Hubert Hurkacz 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(5). Djokovic beat the Greek in the Madrid while Tsitsipas took a stunning first meeting in Canada last summer.
Roger Federer reached his quarterfinal saving five first set points to deny David Goffin 7-6(7), 6-4.
“I thought he took really a lot of good decisions, and he was super fast on his feet today, which I think made it really hard for me to get my freebies and winners off the baseline, because he was getting to all of them,” Federer said.
“It was a really tough match today. I think that first set maybe ended up being key.”
Alexander Zverev will be next for the Swiss. Zverev blew a break lead in the second but hung on to beat Andrey Rublev 6-0, 7-6(4). The two have split six meetings alternating wins with Zverev victorious last year at the ATP Finals in London.
“I think it was very good tennis, but I know against Roger it’s going to be very, very difficult. He’s going to try to do different things, and it’s going to be a difficult match,” Zverev said.
Also on Friday, the hot Daniil Medvedev will face Fabio Fognini and US Open semifinalist Matteo Berrettini battles Dominic Thiem.
FRIDAY SHANGHAI SCHEDULE
Center Court 1 Starts At 12:30 Pm
QF 3 Daniil Medvedev v 10 Fabio Fognini
Not Before 2:00 Pm
QF 1 Novak Djokovic v 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas
Not Before 6:30 Pm
QF 5 Alexander Zverev v 2 Roger Federer
QF 11 Matteo Berrettini v 4 Dominic Thiem
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